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Steelers win doesn’t
offset loss of friend

Nov 2, 2004 4:36 AM

Last week my good friend and fellow horseplayer Billy DeCarlo, who works at Palms race and sports book, was saddened by the loss of his brother Tom. These are just a few lines of what Billy had to say about his brother.

Tom DeCarlo passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20. Tom was a dedicated employee in the gaming industry for 23 years. He was devoted to horse racing and Las Vegas provided him with an opportunity to enjoy his passion. The family wishes to thank the management teams and co-workers from Treasure Island, Palms Hotel and Casino, along with the Nevada State Gaming Control Board for their kindness and cooperation during this difficult time. He was a great brother and will be missed.

Looking back at the past week, the Breeders Cup was a boon to the Race Books here in Nevada. All the books were wall to wall, with long lines at the windows from 8 a.m. until the last race was run.

How about those Steelers and Big Ben Roethlisberger! It was like a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh. And how about those Florida teams (Miami, Florida, Florida State) all going bye bye!

Now, for this week’s plays.

Thursday, Nov. 4

Louisville (+13) at Memphis: The host Tigers were crushed by 39 at Cincinnati two weeks ago as a seven-point favorite. They have had two weeks to put this game behind them. Louisville has been a scoring machine with the only loss at Miami. The series has been dominated by the underdog, which is 10-2 ATS. The points are inflated. MEMPHIS.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Baylor (+31) at Texas Tech: Baylor is coming off huge 35-34 OT win over Texas A&M and will be celebrating all week. Texas Tech still looking for a good Bowl and will not overlook the Bears. TT is 11-1-1 ATS in last 13 meetings. TEXAS TECH.

Oklahoma (-8) at Texas A&M: Second of huge back-to-back road games for the Sooners, which just got by Oklahoma State last week 38-35. OU now must get up for an angry A&M squad, which lost to Baylor. Expect an all out effort from the Aggies. TEXAS A&M.

Wash St (+13½) at UCLA: Washington State is 0-4 both SU and ATS in their last four games. The Bruins found some defense last week in blanking Stanford, 21-0. The favorite in this matchup is a nice 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. UCLA.

Last week: 4-4

Season: 35-33

And, now for the NFL.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Eagles (-1) at Steelers: You have to love how Pittsburgh has played since Big Ben has took over at QB. Steelers are 5-0 SU and ATS with him at the helm. I just can’t see my favorite team getting up for this game the way they were up for the Pats. I look for a letdown. EAGLES.

Browns (+6) at Ravens (35): Revenge doesn’t get any better. The Browns beat the Ravens in the season opener at Cleveland, 20-3. Ravens (2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS) are playing great defense, with last three games going way below the posted total. RAVENS.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 8-10